10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (September 29, 2016) Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images

10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (September 29, 2016)

  1. Trump’s Real Estate Blues: The Biggest Reason He’s Down $800 Million This Year “The presidential hopeful lost the most in New York City, home to roughly 53% of his fortune. Cooling markets for retail and office space in Manhattan helped lop about $300 million off the net value of some of his most notable buildings, including Niketown and Trump Tower (which also experienced an estimated 20% decline in net operating income). Plus a slowdown in the city’s luxury residential market hurt the value of high-end properties, such as the two dozen apartments Trump still owns in Trump Park Avenue, a former hotel he converted into condos in 2002, and his personal residence.” (Forbes)
  2. China’s Richest Man Warns of ‘The Biggest Bubble in History’ “Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin, whose vast property and entertainment empire reportedly brought in $44 billion in revenue last year, appeared on CNN Wednesday to warn about what lies ahead for the country’s overheated real-estate market. Jianlin pointed to the troubling fact that real estate prices just keep rising in the major cities, like Shanghai and Beijing, while falling across the rest of the country, where smaller cities are littered by properties that lie vacant.” (MarketWatch)
  3. Detroit Housing Rises from the Ashes “The current rehabilitation of Detroit's downtown is nothing short of fierce. Quicken Loans founder and mega real estate developer Dan Gilbert is behind the city's biggest residential development in half a century, Brush Park, which is slated to break ground this fall. Old buildings are being transformed into residential apartments and lofts, and new micro-units are rising. The first downtown condominium project in decades is expected to begin construction in 2017: The Ashton Detroit will have 78 condos and five penthouses.” (CNBC)
  4. Seeking Buyer: 650 Walgreens Stores “In order for its $17 billion deal with Rite Aid Corporation to close, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. must meet regulatory requirements, which calls for either selling or closing up to 1,000 stores. The exact number of stores Walgreens is attempting to sell is 650, however nobody is biting. Regardless of this dilemma, Walgreens still expects its Rite-Aid deal to close in the second half of this year. According to the New York Post, private equity firms are not interested in the aforementioned Walgreens stores because they don’t see those them as high quality prospects. This doesn’t mean Walgreens stores themselves are low quality, but it likely refers to poor locations.” (Investopedia)
  5. ‘The Current Housing Recovery Could Stall’ “’The current housing recovery could stall’ if new construction does not pick up, according  to the National Association of Realtors. The NAR said in its monthly report on Thursday that pending sales of single-family homes, condos and co-ops fell 2.4% in August. Economists had forecast that sales were flat, according to Bloomberg. Because pending sales reflect contract activity, they're a good indicator of how many existing homes will eventually be sold.” (Business Insider)
  6. Two Moody National REITs Plan to Merge “Moody National REIT I Inc. and Moody National REIT II Inc. jointly announced Tuesday that, if all goes according to plan, they will merge, with REIT II acquiring REIT I. The gross merger consideration is to be $11.00 per share of common stock of REIT I before the payment of various fees and costs, but in any case no less than a net $10.25 per share. The non-binding letter of intent between the two REITs provides that any definitive merger agreement will include go-shop and termination fee provisions.” (Commercial Property Executive)
  7. Cosi Restaurant Chain Files for Bankruptcy “Fast-casual restaurant chain Cosi filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday in federal court in Massachusetts. The Boston-based publicly traded sandwich chain listed between $10 million and $50 million in liabilities and between $10 million and $50 million in assets, according to its bankruptcy petition. Cosi said it had reached a tentative deal to sell itself to its lenders and investment firm Milfam II L.P. in an arrangement known as a "stalking horse" bid, which sets a floor for bidding on the company's assets.” (CNBC)
  8. Related and Vornado Named Co-Developers of New Moynihan Station “Despite a multibillion-dollar bid-rigging scheme implicating some of his closest associates, Gov. Andrew Cuomo tried to shift the focus to an ambitious infrastructure program—a $1.6 billion plan to transform the historic James A. Farley Post Office into a world-class transportation hub that would entail revamping Pennsylvania Station, which he called the ‘train version’ of LaGuardia Airport. Cuomo announced the selection of a developer-builder team that includes three companies—Related Companies, Vornado Realty Trust and Skanska—to redevelop the Farley Building, creating the new, 250,000-square-foot Moynihan Station.” (Commercial Observer)
  9. NYC Lawmakers Ramping Up Fight Against Section 8 Proposal “In June, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed changing how rental subsidies for Section 8 low-income tenants are allocated. Under the proposal, subsidies for those renters would decrease in low income neighborhoods, but increase in high-income neighborhoods. The idea of the proposal, which would apply to poor areas in New York City and 30 other metro areas, is to encourage subsidy recipients to move into wealthier areas and have access to better schools, jobs and opportunities. The plan has been criticized by New York State and City officials, who say there aren’t enough apartments in the city’s neighborhoods to accommodate the 119,000 voucher holders.” (The Real Deal)
  10. Colorado’s a Top Bioscience Cluster: What it Means for Real Estate “Colorado is one of the nation's top 16 major bioscience industry clusters, according to a new report by JLL, putting it in the same league as Boston, San Francisco, Raleigh-Durham and other heavyweights of the industry. Thus Colorado real estate markets are going to share the benefits of the industry's growth. For instance, continued acquisition and consolidation in bioscience will offer small and mid-sized businesses opportunities for space in tightening clusters, and some secondary markets will do well as tenants look for affordable options outside core markets.” (Bisnow)
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